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# 719 11-Nov-2003 03:39
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I am having trouble sharing my internet connection with my wired and wireless LANs.

I have an XP machine with three network connections on it. One is a DSL connection out to the internet. The other is a straightforward ethernet card used to form a small LAN out to one other PC running Windows 98 SE. Finally, I have just added a Bluetooth connection in the form of a Belkin USB Adaptor so that I can hook in from my Palm T3 PDA.

I can set up ICS on the DSL connection and link it to the Ethernet LAN and both PCs can access the internet, no problem. This was the set up before I bought the Bluetooth adaptor.

If I remove ICS on the DSL connection, and then set it up again but linked to the Bluetooth card that works fine as well and I can connect from my Palm T3 and use the internet alongside the main PC.

I want to be able to do both at once, and having hunted around it seems that using XP to 'bridge' the two networks to one is the solution. The bridge appears to work fine. I can then share the DSL connection to the new bridged network but only the PC linked to the ethernet network can connect. My Palm T3 keeps timing out when trying to do its IPCP configuration.

It's driving me mad! Anyone got any ideas?


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# 2154 11-Nov-2003 07:21
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I don't have a Windows XP hany here, but it seems that all adapters in the bridge have to have the same IP address? In this case it should be

Have a look on this...

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# 2156 11-Nov-2003 08:06
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Thank you for prompt response. The bridge takes on the properties of the two adaptors that are bridged. The bridge has the IP address. For some reason the T3 is not getting an IP address when talking to the Bluetooth adaptor when it's bridged, when it's connected to the DSL adaptor (thru ICS) on it's own, it works fine. Am I right in saying that the IP address for the T3 is generated by ICS? I think that's where the problem is.

Thanks again for any ideas.


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# 2157 11-Nov-2003 08:21
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Yes, ICS is a mini-DHCP server. It'll hand out the address to your Palm. Make sure you have the script as defined in our Guide, and make sure there are no firewall issues - these are the most common problems.

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# 2167 12-Nov-2003 09:19
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The thing is it all works fine when I just set up the DSL card to ICS share to the Bluetooth Network/Adaptor. The T3 successfully gets an IP address, logs onto the net etc. All exactly as it should. The problem is to do with the bridge which appears to stopping the T3 IPCP request from getting through to ICS and back with an IP address. No firewalls other than the XP firewall on the DSL card out to the net. Script is exactly as in your doc and works fine when not going through the bridge. Is this something I can get Microsoft to look at or do you have to pay for that sort of support. Any other ideas?

Thanks Nigel

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